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Article: Are You Delivering on the Promise of Higher Quality?

Studies hint at improved quality with HM, but imperfect measures and little comprehensive data spur calls for more research

Article: No Easy Task

As demand for 24/7 on-site coverage increases, HM groups wrangle with night-shift issues

Article: What’s Next for Hospital Medicine?

Continued growth and relevance mean higher expectations in quality of care, training, and alignment

Audio File: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Pat Cawley and Frank Michota discuss what's next for HM

Dr. Cawley, former SHM president, and Dr. Michota, chief of hospital medicine at Cleveland Clinic, forecast a bright future for hospitalists, but also expect growing pains along the way

Audio File: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: How to minimize the adverse affects of working night shifts

Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, SFHM, MPH, director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, offers suggestions for minimizing the adverse affects of switching from day shift to night shift and back again

Article: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Listen to HM pioneers John Nelson, Bob Wachter, and Win Whitcomb ruminate on HM's 15-year anniversary

The Society of Hospital Medicine's co-founders have witnessed explosive growth and maturation, and also see a bright future for a specialty that now numbers in excess of 30,000 nationwide

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Cover Story: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Scheduling Rules of Thumb

Safety, equality should factor into HM groups’ coverage plans

Cover Story: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The “Weak Link” in Patient Handoffs

Few studies have shown how to effectively improve communication to improve patient safety

Letters: Integrated NPP systems can yield improved retention, quality of care, and patient satisfaction

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Innovations: The Tablet Revolution

Pros and cons associated with new technologies in hospital settings

Key Clinical Question: How Do I Determine if My Patient has Decision-Making Capacity?

Competency is a global assessment and legal determination made by a judge in court. Capacity is a functional assessment and a clinical determination about a specific decision that can be made by any clinician familiar with a patient’s case.

Public Policy: A Chilly Reception

Proposed ACO rules spark physician group backlash

In the Literature: In the Literature: Research You Need to Know

Screening for AAA; Adverse events in atrial fibrillation; Biological treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases; Steroid treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases; Levofloxacin for H. pylori; Natural history of tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy; Predicting postoperative pulmonary complications; Code status and goals of care in the ICU

Society Pages: SHM’S Leadership Academy Trains Next Generation of HM Leaders

Society Pages: Policy Corner

Answering the Call for Retrospective Regulatory Review

Society Pages: Master in HM profile

'Hospitalist' Turns 15, Thanks to Bob Wachter, MD, MHM

Society Pages: Hospitalists On The Move

Society Pages: SQUINT Is Looking Out For You

New QI portal offers searchable database of tried-and-true projects

Career Development: Maternity Management

Planning, teamwork, understanding make for a baby-friendly workplace

Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Pediatric HM Literature

Febrile Infants With Urinary Tract Infections at Very Low Risk for Adverse Events

Audio File: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Listen to program directors discuss managing a group when a hospitalist is out on maternity leave

All HM program directors need to be aware of such federal laws as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as the corresponding laws of the state in which they work.

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Ask Dr. Hospitalist: Your Hospital Medicine Questions Answered

Professional Dress Prevents Patient Misperceptions

Practice Management: Power Struggles

Whose practice is it, anyway?

From the Editor’s Desk: Happy Birthday, HM

Hospitalists’ meteoric rise to relevancy is buoyed by a to-be-determined legacy

President’s Column: A Critical First Step

Defining ‘high-value’ hospitalist standards must precede process improvement

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October 2014


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